Going to the gym is something that most people don’t think twice about. But there are some hidden dangers in the gym that everyone should be aware of when they are exercising. By being aware of your surroundings and practicing good gym hygiene, you can avoid illness and injury. Some of the risks you need to be mindful of are:
A lot of people come and go to the gym every day. And while they’re in the gym, they sweat, get hot, and leave bacteria on machines and weights. Not everyone wipes their equipment down as they should, leaving you open to bacterial infection.
Staphylococcus aureus and E. coli are rampant in gyms. These bacteria can cause skin complaints, respiratory problems, and gastrointestinal concerns. That’s why you should always wipe down any equipment before you use it as well as after. Always use hand sanitizer and wash your hands frequently.
If the gym you go to has poor ventilation, there’s likely mold and fungus in common areas of the gym. The pool, showers, and sauna are possible places to pick up fungal infections like athlete’s foot and ringworm. Wear shower shoes or flip flops to lower the risk of contracting a fungal infection at the gym, and never go barefoot. Disinfect your feet and dry them thoroughly. And don’t leave your wet gym clothes in a locker where they can breed fungus. Take your gym clothes home and wash them immediately, especially your socks.
Air Quality Control
The air in the gym should be fresh, clean, and properly ventilated. People are sweating, breathing hard, and releasing all kinds of bacteria, viruses, and allergens into the air. If your gym has a damp smell or smells like mold, speak to someone on the staff about the air quality. The gym should also have high-powered fans running to help circulate the air.
Rapid Viral Spread
The subject may have drifted over the years, but COVID-19 still exists and can spread quickly in public spaces like gyms. So do airborne illnesses like colds and the flu. The gym should have hand sanitizer stations and disinfecting wipes available everywhere around the gym. The equipment should be disinfected regularly because, unfortunately, not everyone wipes down their equipment when done. If you are at high risk of complications from illnesses like Covid-19 or the flu, ask the gym staff about their disinfection protocols.
You should be able to approach any gym staff with concerns about hygiene or cleanliness. And the gym staff should be diligent about disinfecting the floors, door knobs, showers, locker rooms, and other areas. If you have concerns, talk to the team at Loyal Hygiene Solutions today, and we’ll gladly answer your questions. If you are a gym owner, it is critical to protect your staff and customers at all times. At Loyal Hygiene Solutions, we can supply you with the best products to help maintain a healthy environment 24/7. Contact us to learn more!